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Quote of the Day: Anthony Johnson Isn’t the World’s Biggest Matt Hughes Fan

(Rumble celebrates his ferocious Speer-ownage at UFC Fight Night 13 last April. Photo courtesy of NBC Sports.)

From a recent Around the Octagon interview with Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, via MMABay:  

"I’ll fight anybody the UFC puts in front of me but I’d like to fight Matt Hughes one day. People say his level of fighting is better than mine because he has a lot of experience. I don’t care. He’s a dick. Hopeufully I’ll get a chance to knock him out like Thiago Alves did…
When I fought Tommy [Speer] he was weird. Me and my friends were walking out of the locker room and he walked by. I said what’s up to him and nodded my head and he kept walking like I was invisible. I thought ok, you’re like that. I’m friendly. You only have one life to live. But if he’s like that I know why Matt Serra wants to beat his ass… 

He wants to retire but he doesn’t need to retire until I beat his ass. After Matt Serra beats him give him to me and I’ll retire him. The HIT squad is great. Everything he does is great but I want to fight him because of that incident. Maybe he didn’t see me but I saw him look right at me. You want to be like that I’ll give you a reason not to want to look at me."

One way to make a name for yourself in this sport is to destroy a fading legend, and Hughes is looking mighty vulnerable right now. If Hughes loses to Serra in May, his only options are retirement or trying to score a win against an up-and-comer like Johnson. The problem is, Johnson would be about two steps faster than the former welterweight champ, and would likely murder Hughes if he could keep the fight standing.

If he wants to continue calling people out, Rumble will first have to take care of Luigi Fioravanti at UFC Fight Night 17 (February 7th, Tampa). He should also keep this sage advice in mind: "Battle not with dicks lest you become one."

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Stank Face- January 16, 2009 at 8:27 am
Matt didn't speak to "Rumble" because he thought it was Rashad Evans ;)

You know, they all look alike!

Matt sucks balls.
and what?- January 16, 2009 at 6:55 am
people say that matt fought when there was no decent sure he beat gsp and bj sakuria newton twice trigg twice gracie he is old now and could be the only reason he is getting beat american fans make me puke fuckin sellout scum.and rumble squweal like a bitch johnson aint the future of dick gsp gona rule for nearly a decade.rumble beats kevin burns so what karo would beat johnson like a dog A DOG
Joe Da Man- January 15, 2009 at 11:20 am
Holy shit! I doubt anyone is still looking at this thread but...

I never said hughes is the greatest fighter, i said he's the best b/c he pisses ppl off, which i thoroughly enjoy

and wtf w/ matt serra being a top contender? going the distance w/ karo is nothing special cuz karo ALWAYS goes the distance, and where is karo now?

Going the distance w/ BJ shows testament to serra great BJJ game, but his mma game fucking sucks

and FUCK YOU PPL saying serra was the best b/c he held the title. Do you know how he got the title shot? he won it on a show called "The Comeback" b/c those fighters were on their way out of the UFC. And how did he win the title? LUCKY PUNCH on a very troubled GSP w/ serious mental and minor physical problems. Do you honestly think serra can beat GSP again? his odds would be worst then 10 to 1. TOP CONTENDER MY ASS
KTFO- January 14, 2009 at 8:44 pm
Nothing pisses me off more than a guy walking around flexing and yelling when I'm trying to take a nap up against a fence. That's just rude.
the glza- January 14, 2009 at 6:51 pm
rumble is the MAN! he is the future of that division and will one day wear the belt, i assure you. he's a classy guy and an exciting fighter -- you can't ask for more than that.

beating the snot out of hughes would be a great win for him... and hughes might agree to it 'cause rumble's weakness is his greatest strength...
Sam- January 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm
If you tied Hughes arms behind his back it might just improve his stand-up Joe Da Man.
C_Master- January 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm
Hughes probably didn't know who the guy was. He was just some MMA groupie walking around backstage. "I" wouldn't be able to pick out Johnson if I saw him on the street.
Anonymous- January 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm
matt hughes is the biggest douche in the ufc.
anotherAnonymous- January 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Anonymous is right. Hughes is a douchebag of the highest magnitude. Racist + redneck, but a solid christian...
biohazardone- January 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm
"Anonymous" you big are correct in your assumption
biohazardone- January 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm
OH MY GOD!!!!!!! MATT REALLY IS A RACIST SON OF A BITCH........sorry, I was just thinking out loud ;)
Anonymous- January 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Anyone else getting this huge Racist vibe about Matt Hughes? First he hates Rashad for his showboating but when Joe Stevenson did it, it was ok. Then he's photo'd with a White Supremacist shirt and now hes being a douche to another Black fighter....just me? ok.
Ozone- January 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm
the way I see it rumble got away a little easier than coulda booked him or pushed him into some lockers...i know ill be taking a new route to 4th period physics! : (
Bootylam!- January 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Rumble would BEAT some manners into Hughes. It'll never happen though because I don't think Hughes is stupid enough to fight him. The nuthuggers [can we try to come up with something better?] need to face it: Hughes is done.
Jay Smith- January 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm
@ Anonymous
What do ya know, a cocksucker coming to the rescue of the racist. Eat a dick bitch!
Anonymous- January 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm
I miss Tommy Speer actually, he could have been a tiny keith jardine if he didn't go and quit/get fired like he did.
nippletwist- January 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm
rumble would turn his lights out and tuck him into bed, i think this guy has a big future ahead of him and hughes is just the kind of stepping stone he needs. id love to see rumble fight semtex.
just some dong- January 14, 2009 at 11:36 am
i think we can all put our differences aside and agree that tommy speer's at his best when crumpled up against the cage, whimpering.

Tpark- January 14, 2009 at 10:59 am
I wanna see a double no-contest due to kick in the groin. Then for the slo-mo replay you can hear Joe Rogan say "Yea I love watching these for my own weird fetish....yep that was a tap alright"
Wildcard- January 14, 2009 at 10:59 am
My dick hurts.
Anonymous- January 14, 2009 at 10:36 am
MMA Bay is notorious for fabricating interviews. If you heard the Anthony Johnson interview in September on Sherdog he had nothing but nice things to say about Matt Hughes.
Darkside- January 14, 2009 at 9:49 am
Matt Serra, a shitty fighter? You should try sparring or rolling with him one day. Might change your mind.
CJ- January 14, 2009 at 9:24 am
Anyone who thinks Johnson is out of line is obviously hoping that by defending Hughes' stupid douchebag redneck behavior they'll get some sort of sexual favor from Hughes as repayment.

If you say "Hello" to someone and nod at them, it's good manners to reply in some fashion. I'm not saying he had to smile and pretend like they were buddies. For as much bullshit Hughes spouts about his values and shit, you'd expect him to have some common courtesy when dealing with other fighters who he has no reason to disrespect.

Johnson is the man, a class act and a stand up guy, and I'd love to see him whoop that ass.
i like mma its nice- January 14, 2009 at 9:21 am
He didn't say hi to me so i wanna beat him up ......riiiight
seattlefan- January 14, 2009 at 9:17 am
People just love to hate a winner.
Every athlete has their prime. In Matt Hughes' case, I think his RECORD 5 title defenses are too easily forgotten for most of the people on this thread. As far as Matt Serra goes, all I want to see is a crucifix with him taking over 30 shots instead of BJ Penn- which is 2nd favorite clip. My favorite is the Carlos Newton KO/slam.